Cooking with Red and Green

The combination is everywhere right now, of course, because it’s the season of Red and Green. If you’re lucky, you might score a pair of light-up Christmas earrings perfect for your daughter while playing bingo at a family Christmas party. She will love them, and the Christmas-colored camo socks, too. But I digress. I like…

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A Cuban sandwich pairs exceptionally well with Apple Cider Sangria. If you’re lucky enough to have a friend of Cuban extraction providing the Cuban sandwich, then life just doesn’t get any better. This inventive Apple Cider Sangria was a lovely way to welcome friends and fall recently. Get the recipe by clicking here. The link…

Magic Chocolate Frosting

It was a week of unintended consequences. I loaned my daughter my car, and her sweet cat peed and pooped in it. I made cookies jammed with expensive ingredients (gluten-free flour, dried cherries, chunks of good-quality bittersweet chocolate, large coconut flakes), but the pepitas also called for turned out to be tough and stale and…

Sauteed Boneless Chicken Breasts

A tender, tasty, boneless chicken breast is supposed to be easy to produce in a skillet, but as a novice cook, I often served my family ones that were either tough and overcooked or rubbery and not quite done. (Ignorance can be dangerous.) I followed instructions from a variety of cookbooks, but the outcomes were…

Stuffed Jalapenos

Bo in March 2014 “No cat likes to take medicine,” the veterinary technician said, “but this stuff tastes particularly bad.” Then she demonstrated how to draw up .04 ml of Gabapentin out of the top of the bottle into a syringe without a needle and placed the bottle in my hand. “Good luck,” she said,…

Dining Table Etiquette (and French Toast)

Grace before eating. No hats. Only two feet allowed on the dinner table, never three. ♦ ♦ ♦ Bo claimed his spot at the table a few months ago. He’s there for the conversation, since his own kibble is served in the laundry room. Most mealtimes, he beats the rest of us there, taking up his position…

Orange-Chocolate Mini-Chip Cake

I like to give a cake plate with a glass dome as a wedding present. Simultaneously useful and beautiful, a cake plate and dome promises good times ahead and a lifetime of celebrations to share. And it keeps your cake fresh and the flies off. What could be better? At the check-out counter of a…

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  Low-tack painter’s tape and a Sharpie marker to label containers headed for the fridge, freezer, or pantry. The tape is easy to write on, sticky enough to stay, and simple to remove. I keep painter’s tape and a marker handy in the same kitchen drawer as my rolls of foil, plastic wrap, and resealable…

Chicken Technique

That’s not the most compelling title I’ve ever read, but this isn’t exactly a recipe, although it comes from a wonderful cookbook. A couple of years ago I was looking at a chicken salad recipe in Bon Appétit, Y’all, by Virginia Willis (© 2008). Having been obsessed for years with finding the best way to…